Audley Inglewood Retirement Village in Kintbury, Berkshire is being built in the place of a former Champneys Health Spa.
The £12 million project for Audley Retirement Villages involves the complete rebuild of the original hotel building and additional development to create 85 apartments and nine cottages.
The main house will contain 30 of the apartments along with various facilities including a swimming pool, fitness room, spa, restaurant, lounge and library. In total, the development will create 94 properties (85 apartments and 9 cottages). Audley Retirement enables residents to live an independent and healthy later life in their own homes and in a like-minded community with access to the facilities of the Audley Club and flexible care packages.
The original building was not listed and was in poor condition so a new build means that the retirement village will benefit from features such as modern energy efficiency.
Inglewood House will be sensitively rebuilt and a recreation of the original building and will use some of the original features that have been preserved and protected.
The stone work façade will replicate the original façade of the main house detail by detail and is worth in excess of £1 million.
Construction began in October 2011 and the project will be completed in April 2013, with nine units to be handed over before the end of 2012. Already there is a show apartment which is open for viewings.
The main contractor is Cowlins and the building will be a mixture of three and four stories and a combination of concrete, stone and rendered finished with a mansard roof.
David Driscoll, Property and Business Development Director at Audley Retirement Villages commented:
“As with all Audley projects it is an elegant and slightly eclectic mix; our interiors really are focused to complement the size and scale of the property.
“The residential apartment specifications include Siematic Kitchens, Villeroy and Boch Sanitary ware and Hansgrohe fittings. We aim to give high end quality in all that we do.
“The Inglewood village is set within grounds which also incorporate a former cricket pitch, a wood land, meadows, a folly and clock tower, a superb walled garden and an extensive lime tree avenue.
“The site also has an interesting past, having been a private home, a Catholic seminary, as well as a luxury spa. While it has been enjoyed by a range of groups across the years, we look forward to opening the site back up to the local community and in sympathetically restoring the beautiful Victorian building.”
Audley is also retaining and redeveloping the formal gardens to the rear of the main house.
“The project is a key scheme for Audley’s business; it is one of a new breed of luxury villages where we strive to offer the very best of locations, facilities and service.
“We would hope that this project would give back some pride to the community as rebuilding such an iconic building after so many years of neglect can only be good for the community. It will have a member’s only Audley Club for the spa and swimming pool, and a restaurant, bistro and bar open to the public.”